Technology Lending Program Grant

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Competitive Grant Funding Available

March 7, 2014

TO THE ELIGIBLE APPLICANT ADDRESSED:

SUBJECT:  Request for Application # 701-14-107 2014-2016 Technology Lending Program Grant The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is requesting applications under request for application (RFA) # 701-14-107, 2014-2016 Technology Lending Program Grant

Eligible Applicants

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is requesting applications under Request for Applications (RFA) #701-14-107 from Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools that have (1.) at least 40% economically disadvantaged students at the participating campus(es) as determined using the 2012 Snapshot enrollment data from the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/perfreport/snapshot/2012/index.html; (2.) an approved district Technology Plan on file with the TEA for the 2013-2014 school year; and (3.) a Texas Campus School Technology and Readiness (STaR) Chart at the Developing Tech Level of Progress or higher for Teaching and Learning and for Educator Preparation and Development for the 2012-2013 school year for participating campus(es).

Purpose of Program

Texas Education Code Section 32.201 authorizes the TEA to implement the Technology Lending Program Grant. The program awards grants to Texas public school districts and open-enrollment charters to implement a technology lending program to loan students the equipment necessary to access and use electronic instructional materials. In awarding grants, the TEA will consider the availability of existing equipment to students in the Texas public school district or open-enrollment charter school and other funding available to the school district or open-enrollment charter school. With the Technology Lending Program Grant, districts can move forward with the implementation of electronic instructional materials while ensuring access for students through loaned equipment for learning at school and at home.

Project Funding

Currently, $10,000,000 is appropriated for the Technology Lending Program Grant. It is anticipated that approximately 130 grants will be awarded ranging in amounts from $50,000 to $100,000.

Project Period

The 2014-2016 Technology Lending Program Grant will be implemented beginning in the 2014-2015 school year and ending in the 2015-2016 school year. Applicants should plan for a starting date of no earlier than October 1, 2014, and an ending date of no later than August 31, 2016.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be selected based on the independent reviewers' assessment of each applicant's ability to carry out all requirements contained in the RFA. Reviewers will evaluate applications based on the overall quality and validity of the proposed grant programs and the extent to which the applications address the primary objectives and intent of the project. Applications must address each requirement as specified in the RFA to be considered for funding. TEA reserves the right to select from the highest-ranking applications those that address all requirements in the RFA and that are most advantageous to the project.

TEA is not obligated to approve an application, provide funds, or endorse any application submitted in response to this RFA. This RFA does not commit TEA to pay any costs before an application is approved. The issuance of this RFA does not obligate TEA to award a grant or pay any costs incurred in preparing a response.

How to Apply

This RFA is in paper format. It must be downloaded, completed on the applicant’s computer desktop, printed, and submitted by mail or hand delivery. The complete RFA is posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities page at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms/GrantProgramSearch.aspx for viewing and downloading. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to the “Application and Support Information” section to view all documents that pertain to this RFA.

Questions relevant to the RFA may be sent to Kathy Ferguson at techlending@tea.state.tx.us or faxed to (512) 463-9090 before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

Fingerprinting Requirement

Per Section 22.0834 of the Texas Education Code (TEC), any person offered employment by any entity that contracts with TEA or receives grant funds administered by TEA (i.e., a grantee or subgrantee) is subject to the fingerprinting requirement. TEA is prohibited from awarding grant funds to any entity, including nonprofit organizations, that fails to comply with this requirement. For details, refer to the General and Fiscal Guidelines, Fingerprinting Requirement.

Reporting Requirements

Applicants that are awarded grants are responsible for meeting all required deadlines. Failure to meet deadlines may result in loss of funds and could cause the applicant to be identified as “high risk.”

The reporting requirements for this grant are posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities website at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms/GrantProgramSearch.aspx. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to “Critical Events” to view all reporting deadlines that pertain to this grant.

For Further Information

In order to assure that no prospective applicant may obtain a competitive advantage because of acquisition of information unknown to other prospective applicants, any and all questions pertaining to the RFA must be submitted in writing to the TEA contact person listed on the TEA Grant Opportunities website. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the program/RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to “Contact Information.”

Copies of the questions and the written answers thereto will be posted on the TEA Grant Opportunities website in the format of frequently asked questions (FAQs) at http://burleson.tea.state.tx.us/GrantOpportunities/forms. In the “Select Search Options” box, select the name of the program/RFA from the drop-down list. Scroll down to “Application and Support Information” to view all documents that pertain to this RFA.

Deadline for Receipt of Applications

Four copies of the application, with an original signature on Schedule #1—General Information on three of the copies (blue ink preferred), must be received 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, to be eligible to be considered for funding. Send the application to the following address:

Document Control Center
Division of Grants Administration
Texas Education Agency, William B. Travis Building
1701 North Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78701-1494

 

Sincerely,

 

Monica Martinez
Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs

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